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      Springfield Students to get FM radio permit

      Springfield students will soon be getting their own radio station.

      Springfield High School is one step closer to getting its own radio station. The district's application was submitted in November last year at no cost to the community. The district recently received approval by the Federal Communications Commission.

      "We are pleased to share that the radio frequency 97.7 has been awarded to our district," said Superintendent Kathryn Hott. "This is just the first step in a longer process that will provide Springfield High School students the opportunity to be part of a 24-hour radio station," said Hott.

      Hott says the radio station probably won't go live for a while. "Under our current funding constraints, we don't expect progress to be made at the earliest before the end of the 2014-15 school year," said Hott.

      The station will be non-profit, but school leaders hope to secure sponsors to pay for much of the cost -- including the construction phases through its actual seven-day per week operations.

      "In addition to the academic benefits, imagine the benefits for local organizations from our community and those in towns like Sylvania and Perrysburg who wish to communicate details on their charitable events and activities to a broader audience. We hope to cover Northern Lakes League sporting events live on the radio," said Hott.